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The Skill That Gets You Far in Life


Posted on January 16, 2011

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What is the skill you need to......stand up to a bully.......go after your dreams.....get help when you need it....problem solve.......negotiate....compromise......handle conflict......stand up for what you believe in......stand up for what is right.....speak your truth.....be yourself......it is called ASSERTIVENESS.

 

Confident Body Language is one of the best preventative measures against bullying, but being ASSERTIVE is the skill you need to have in order to deal with the meanness and stop it from ever becoming a bullying situation.  It is a SKILL and that means just like any skill it takes practice to MASTER.  PRACTICE.....PRACTICE......PRACTICE    We sometimes hear parents telling us their kids are too assertive...(you can't be too assertive because being assertive is walking that fine line!) which probably means their kids are aggressive or manipulative. 

 

Assertiveness is a healthy way to communicate.  Assertive people are confident in their body language, words, and voice.  They know there is more than one way to do something and their way is not only the way.  They understand that people can agree to disagree and they don't hold grudges. Learn about being assertive. 


Kimber Bishop-Yanke, M.I.M., is the founder of Kids Empowered and the author of this blog.


Kimber trains nationally and internationally on bully-proofing your children. Kimber develops curriculum and leads programs for kids, parents, and professionals on how to build confidence and self-esteem, develop socials skills and emotional intelligence, and dealing with unfriendly friends, mean-spirited behaviors, relational aggression, and bullying. As a volunteer Kimber organizes Kids Against Hunger packagings and is the Chair of Fundraising for Kenya Relief. She has also taken her program to Israel where she teaches her program to Palestinian and Israeli counselors and kids at a camp that brings children together for reconciliation.

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